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Painted Ladies is a collection of sweaters with real designer flair that are embellished with a wide variety of textile painting techniques. Be sure to read the table of contents at right for an overview of techniques, sizes and yarns. The knitting is easy and may be done on either Japanese 4.5 mm or Passap 5mm machines. Passap knitters, you don't have to guess. There are detailed instructions for both kinds of machines. See some examples below.
Table of contents
Paint your pattern…………….….3 The fundamentals of painting on knits
Tanks for the Memories……..5 Tamm Microtamm yarn makes this classic tank in bust sizes 34-51
A New Hue—a tale of un-dying love………...7
Create a design on colored fabric with this reverse dying process
Flora…………………………………….….9 Silk Denym yarn from BT yarns makes this T with a peekaboo front in 36-51 bust.
Don’t Dye It………………………...13 Reverse dying Tamm Perle cotton makes this wonderful summer tank top in 36-53 bust.
Fantastic Effect with Fabric Crayons & Markers 17
Use this technique along with reverse dying, to embellish painted designs or alone
More and Less………………...….20
Classic tank in softball yarn from BT yarns in bust 34-51. Finish with reverse dying and fabric crayons and markers for a stunning effect.
Krylon creations…………….....22 Learn to use Krylon indoor/outdoor paint for fabric design.
Rosy Outlook………………….…..24 Tunic in sizes 36-53 bust. A sand of 10/2 white cotton from Peter Patchis is run along with a strand of white 2/24 acrylic from Stephanie’s Studio. They make a very comfortable fabric that is completely washable.
Roller Painting……………...…...28 A decorative roller intended for use on walls makes a great fabric roller.
Beach Dress………………...…....30 Dress has sneakily easy shaping and finished bust measurement of 36-53” using the same yarn blend as Rosy Outlook above.
Summer Scene…………………..34 A deceptively simple shape enhanced by an easy lacy trim and an assortment of painting techniques. Bust 36-53
Creating Masking Stencils 39
Making your own Stamps….40
Nautical but Nice……………….41
This easy T has a faux scarf around the neck made by bleaching with a masking stencil, then stamping and drawing a design on the scarf. Finished bust 36-53. Made with 3 strands of 10/2 cotton run together.
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PASSAP NOTES--these use duomatic language because that is my area of expertise. E-6000 owners can knit them but technique numbers are not included.
When you receive pattern instructions to place needles in hold, here is how to do it. Hold stitches by using the BX setting with a pusher up under each needle that is working. Lower the pushers when below needles to place them in hold.
Ribbing cast on: place every other needle in work on each bed. Rack so that they alternate. Using stockinette setting N/N Knit 1 row [zigzag row] at stitch size 1-2 using orange strippers. Change to circular setting CX/CX. Increase stitch size to about 4. Knit 2 rows. Change to N/N and stitch size for ribbing. Knit rib.
A circular hem is easier for Passaps than a hung hem and looks the same. You may wish to substitute this in the patterns that suggest a hung hem. To make one, bring all necessary needles to work on both bed. Rack so that needles alternate and will not hit when all come forward. N/N at stitch size 1-2, knit 1 row using orange strippers. CX/CX at about 3 sizes larger, knit 2 rows. Change to black strippers. At 1 stitch size lower than main knitting, knit the hem rows. Transfer to one bed to continue the piece.
These patterns will be easier for you to follow if you use the back as your main bed. You may actually use either bed as the main bed but using the front bed will mean that you must reverse the left/right shaping instructions.
Use orange strippers for all double bed work, black for all single bed work.
When stockinette is called for, use N/GX or GX/N. I recommend N/GX because knitting on the back bed will make the left/right instructions read correctly. If you prefer to knit on the front bed, you’ll need to reverse them.
Where e-wrapping is essential, it is safest to pull yarn through the feeder with the locks at right. E-wrap using backwards Es from right to left. Manually knit the row left to right. Make sure that all needles are in normal working position. Remove the slack from the yarn so that the tensioner will control it correctly and proceed from there. Beginning on waste yarn and using a row of ravel cord to separate the waste from the main can also be helpful when you must e-wrap
Below are excerpts from the beach dress pattern
PASSAPS CAN KNIT THE DRESS IN A SINGLE PIECE:
Place every other needle in work on both beds across a span of 128[136, 142, 150, 158, 166, 174, 180, 188] needles with needles set so that they alternate. With orange strippers and locks at N/N cast on in 1X1 rib at stitch size 1-2 on each lock. Increase to stitch size 3/3. CX/CX knit 2 rows. N/N stitch size 5/5. Knit 51 rows. Transfer all stitches to back bed. Change to black strippers and stitch size 6. N/GX knit 310[310, 310, 300, 300, 300290, 290, 290] rows. Change back to original rib settings, orange strippers and transfer every other stitch to front bed...
JAPANESE MACHINES KNIT FRONT AND BACK ALIKE:
NOTES; Cast on using ribber comb and weights. Remove weights as necessary but leave comb in fabric so as to be able to re-hang weights when ribbing resumes. Adjust ribber to a balanced stitch that is 1 whole number tighter than the stockinette setting which will be about 7. Use ribber arm while knitting rib, sinker plate while knitting stockinette.
Place every other needle in work on both beds across a span of 128[136, 142, 150, 158, 166, 174, 180, 188] needles with needles set so that they alternate. At stitch size 1/1, knit a zigzag row. Increase to stitch size 5/5 and knit 2 circular rows. At stitch size for ribbing, knit 51 rows. Transfer all stitches to main bed...